St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

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Saint Mary Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park, in the U. S. state of Montana.Located on the east side of the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its north shore. At an altitude of 4484ft, Saint Mary Lake's waters are colder and lie almost 1500ft higher in altitude than Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, which is located on the west side of the Continental Divide. Here, the great plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin in an abrupt altitude change, with Little Chief Mountain posing a formidable southern flank above the west end of the lake.The lake is long and deep with a surface area of 3923acre. The waters of the lake rarely rise above 50°F and are home to various species of trout. During the winter, the lake is often completely frozen over with ice up to thick.The opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake.
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  • August 8, 2017
    The landscape of St.Mary Lake are on the Guide to Glacier National Park. The most recommended view Observatory Wild Goose Island's point. So casual in the gazebo in the parking space beside the GTTS (Going To The Sun road), 7/2017 4, enjoyed the St.Mary Lake from there in a row. I looked at the beautiful morning sun will then light. Also often times weak winds surrounding mountains reflected on the Lake, look at is best, but windy and standing waves on the surface of the Lake. Observation deck called the Sun Point trekking routes on the Lake in addition to the Observatory, located in little Logan Pass side is famous, is recommended.
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  • August 5, 2017
    St Mary's lake starts within a couple of miles on GST once you cross the GNP East entrance. If time permits, you can do the boat tour; if not, please make sure you make a few spots along the way durin...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    This needs to be on your hiking list! View, nature, and always a chance encounter with wildlife!! Enjoy!!  more »

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Where to stay in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park offers a wealth of accommodation options right inside the park. You can stake a tent in one of the campgrounds or choose from a handful of rustic lodges and chalets. Rooms fill up quickly at these, so make reservations as far in advance as possible (up to a year ahead). A few inns, motels, and lodges sit around the St. Mary's Lakes by the park's northeast boundary, but staying in Whitefish on the western side is a better choice if you prefer to be in a Montana mountain town. Here you'll find homey inns and lodges, economy motels, and a wide range of restaurants. You'll find additional inns and motels as you drive east along Route 2 toward the park's entrance.
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